Hebrews 13:5
Written by
Amanda Roy
January 2018
Written by
Amanda Roy
January 2018

"Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you." (CSB)

In the day to day of life, it is easy to focus on money. Everything costs something. Much good is able to come from money, however much bad is possible too. Contrary to popular belief money is not the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 explains money this way, "But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows." (NLT, emphasis mine.) Money is not evil but it can be a slippery slope into many troubles. 

Hebrews reveals money is a heart issue by relating it to love. Therefore, satisfaction is an outer statement of our inner character. Let's look at some definitions through the help of dictionary.com. Satisfaction means to be 'fulfilled' or 'content'. Content means to be "in a state of satisfaction or peaceful happiness". To dig in deeper 'peaceful' means to be "free from disturbance; tranquil". So, to pull it all together, satisfied means to be in a 'state of peaceful calm'. Is your heart satisfied financially?

Personally, I find it challenging to be in a peacefully calm state of mind regarding money. I have found myself in more debt than I intended. Looking through the eyes of 1 Timothy 6:10, I gave myself "many sorrows" in my desire for material satisfaction. This hole I found myself in is not what God wants for me, or you. How can we live a modern life that is full of satisfaction? Paul reveals the secret to contentment in his letter to the Philippians.

Paul says, in Philippians 4:12-13,   "Actually, I don't have any sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." (MSG) The Christian Standard Bible translations says, "I have learned the secret of being content". Satisfaction is something to be learned. What is Pauls secret? His satisfaction is found in where his identity lies; Jesus Christ.

When our identity is found in what we wear, where we live, how often we eat out, how much our paycheck is or what we drive our identity is in our status and status is dictated by money. This is exactly what Hebrews 13:5 is warning against.  Jesus has a bit to say on this subject as well. In Matthew 6:21 he says, "for where you treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also." (AMP) Money is a bread trail our heart leaves, that point to our "sun", so-to-speak. What does your trail say about your core identity?

As believers, our bank account should tell a story of our trust in God's ability to sustain our needs. In the second half of Hebrews 13:5 alludes to Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, "Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you." (MSG)

To wrap this up I would like to encourage you to check out what Matthew 6:25-34 has to say about possessions and our value to God. Here is a tidbit from the Message Translation, “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." (vs 30-33)

Thank you for knowing what I need and making a way for it. Life is not always easy but we make it through with enough each day. I find the story of the manna you provided to the Israelites each day so encouraging. I may not think we have enough to get through tomorrow but you will not abandon me. Each day is filled with its own blessings from you. In the past year, you have been teaching me a lot about contentment. Learning to trust you with our money is proving to be so freeing! Without fail you have made a way for all our needs, often in ways I would have never guessed. Your faithful love pursues me and I am amazed! You are true to your word. I am learning to trust you. Thank you!

In Jesus' name, Amen!



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